RI doctor reprimanded over Facebook post

April 18, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A physician practicing in Rhode Island hospitals has been reprimanded by state regulators after she inadvertently identified a patient through a Facebook post.

Rhode Island's medical licensing board has also ordered Dr. Alexandra Thran to pay a $500 administrative fee and attend a continuing education course.

The board said Monday that the 48-year-old physician wrote on Facebook about some of her clinical experiences at Westerly Hospital, without using patient names or intending to reveal patient information.

But, the board says, one patient's injuries were such that an unidentified third party was able to identify the person. It says Westerly Hospital terminated Thran's clinical privileges after the incident. A spokesman for Kent Hospital says Thran currently works there.

An attorney representing Thran did not immediately return a call seeking comment.